Winners of the prestigious Golden Heart and Rita Awards

This is old news to RWA and GSRWA members, because we wait eagerly for the results.  Some of our ‘local’ members of the Greater Seattle RWA group were finalists.

The finalists from GSRWA were:

GSRWA Golden Heart Finalists
Sharon Fisher, Shadowed
Mary Oldham, Laura Takes a Lover
Joleen Wieser, Hometown Star

GSRWA RITA Finalists
Margaret Mallory, Knight of Pleasure
Alexis Morgan, Darkness Unknown
Jane Porter, Duty, Desire and the Desert King

Huge congratulations to the writers who reached the finals, and we toss the hat in the air for the winners!  Those involved in the business of writing know the achievement represented by these awards.

Many folks don’t realize the scope of subject matter that RWA (Romance Writers of America), and that the membership of writers, publishers, teachers and editors is huge, to go along with the new book sales topping 50%.  So here is a look at some of the cagtegories, and the winners of these two annual prestigious awards.

The winners of the annual Golden Heart Award (for unpublished manuscripts) in each of the various categories were announced Sat July 31, 2010.  The categories and the winners in each were:

Young Adult – “Unchosen” by Erica O’Rourke
Inspirational – “Unforgiven” by CJ Eernisse Chase
Strong Romantic Elements – “A Place at the Table” by Patricia Rosen
Contemporary Series – “Fake Fiance, Real Love” by Cat Schield
Contemp Series Suspense – “See Jane Run” by Angela Platt
Historical – “Between Heaven and Hell” by Jacqui Nelson
Regency – “A Most Improper Gentleman” by Elisia Beatty
Contemporary Single Title – “Songbird” by Liabeth Selvig
Paranormal – Bloodborn” by Kylie Griffin
Romantic Suspense – “The Yard Man” by Jillian Stone

The winners of the annual Rita Award (for unpublished manuscripts) in each of the various categories were also announced Sat July 31, 2010.  The categories and the winners in each were:

Best First – “One Scream Away” by Kate Brady
Contemporary Series – “A Not-So-Perfect Past” by Beth Andrews
Contemporary Series Suspense – “The Soldier’s Secret Daughter” by Cindy Dees
Contemporary Single Title – “Too Good To Be True” by Kristan Higgins
Historical – “Not Quite A HUsband” by Sherry Thomas
Inspirational – “The Inheritance” by Tamara Alexander
Strong Romantic Elements – “The Lost Recipe” by Barbara O’Neal
Paranormal – “Kiss of a Demon King” by Kresley Cole
Regency – “What Happens in London” by Julia Quinn (now inducted into RITA Hall of Fame by this 3rd win!)
Novella – “The Christmas Eve Promise” by Molly O’Keefe
Romantic Suspense – “Whisper of Warning” by Laura Griffin
YA – “Perfect Chemistry” by Simone Elkeles

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